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October 1,2013, Waikapu—At a public dinner meeting on Tuesday October 8th at 5:30 PM, Commissioner Donne Dawson will address Maui Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce members and guests on the film industry’s potential to create new jobs on Maui: “Hawai’i’s Film Industry: How Maui County can Garner a Bigger Piece of the Pie.”

Dawson manages and oversees the Hawaii Film Office, the first point of contact for all film production throughout the Hawaiian Islands.  The Film Office coordinates the only centralized film permitting system of its kind in the country. Her office also provides location and production resource information to filmmakers, manages the Hawaii Film Studio at Diamond Head, promotes Hawaii as a premier filming destination, and supports our local film and television industry.

Dawson implemented Act 88, Hawaii’s first comprehensive film, television and digital media tax credit. With a recent 5% increase to the credit across the board, effective July 1, which will mean a full 25% credit for productions in Maui County, Dawson is committed to several current initiatives that will enable the Hawaii Film Office to better handle the increase in business and strengthen the industry statewide. These include further streamlining the film permitting process and administration of the tax incentive program, as well as managing more than $5 million in current CIP improvements at the Hawaii Film.

A communications graduate of California State University, Dawson worked for 15 years as a journalist and documentary film producer, and in marketing and communications for numerous Hawaii companies including Alexander and Baldwin, DBEDT, and the Hawaiian Native Corporation. She serves as a board member for Pacific Islanders in Communications and The Sex Abuse Treatment Center, and is actively involved with the Protect Kaho’olawe ‘Ohana.



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